The Full-Stack Web Development Bootcamp industry sometimes has trouble keeping up with itself. New students are rightfully on the hunt for the latest and greatest in bootcamp offerings. When students begin their search, they may encounter dated syllabi or haphazard class selection, but here at 4Geeks, we set a higher standard.
Our coding Bootcamp co-founder and head of the Academic and Technologies Department, Alejandro Sanchez says,
“We all know how much technology evolves in 6 months. It's impossible that after years of training, schools have failed to update their syllabus.”
Wanting to make a positive impact, 4Geeks conducted extensive research through colleagues and CTO's to determine what key industry elements would be included in our syllabus.
The stack of technologies included in a Syllabus matters. We can’t keep undermining the role of the language included in a Syllabus. Of course you can learn more technologies after finishing a Coding Bootcamp; however, it really matters which technology you learned and what skills you gain during the course. Course flow helps to foster successful students.
Developing a new syllabus to keep up with the industry is difficult, but worth the investment. It’s almost like launching a new product and that’s why some schools can be attached to what they created before.
Rewrite all the content (4Geeks has 500+ hours of projects, exercises, etc.).
Hire new instructors or retrain current ones.
Test and measure how changes may impact the performance of students.
The truth is that in the last 12 years the web has evolved into a lot more than web applications. Coding languages have bigger purposes as they seek to enter new paths (AI, VR, Machine learning, etc.). At 4Geeks we are aware of these changes and as a result, developed this syllabus.
Additionally, we are not afraid of building a stronger syllabus, and we will keep improving the stack of technologies and the methodology to help you learn what you really need.
Most languages have amazing web development frameworks (Django, Laravel, Rails, etc.), but there are important differences to keep in mind, including:
The Ruby community has evolved to a new language called Elixir, and the adoption was subpar.
Python is excellent for web apps, and has also taken over the Network, Big Data, Machine learning, and AI world.
C# is entirely different. It's so merged with VisualStudio that it's impossible to replicate some of the functionalities in other languages.
Python is the fastest growing language because of tools like Pandas, that are amazing at dealing with huge chunks of data.
Java probably has the most mature set of tools, used mainly for finance and massive transactional applications, ERP's, etc. To become a Senior Java Developer, you have to study for years.
C# is the chosen language for Unity, making it a clear path for game development. C# is also the main language on all the Microsoft applications in the enterprise world.
Note: None of these tools that we have mentioned have anything to do with each other, and they require a high level of specialty to master. It's not about the syntax but more about the architecture and the way those tools make you write code.
At 4Geeks we feel syntax may not matter, but language certainly does. We recommend thinking about the tools and functionalities each language provides in the long term and the industries and companies that gravitate around them. This way, you can give your industry the best it deserves.
We encourage our team to rethink our syllabus every month, adding or removing whatever is needed to have the best product possible. We think having an up-to-date syllabus will simultaneously increase our student's success and put us ahead of competition. We invite you to read everything about our syllabus on this pdf.
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